Looking to excavate a list of the best dinosaur movies for kids? Look no further! We put together this collection that ranges from family-friendly, feel-good friendship movies to informative documentaries. There’s a little something for everyone, so gather your dinophiles and get ready for a roaring good time!
(Please note: Criteria for movie ratings have changed over time, so older films with PG ratings may have surprising language or content. We recommend previewing all dinosaur movies for kids to ensure they’re appropriate for your audience.)
Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend (1985)
A paleontologist and her husband discover a mother and baby brontosaurus in Africa and race to protect them. They get help from a tribe of locals in fighting off a group of hunters intent on capturing the dinosaurs.
Buy it: Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend on Amazon
The Land Before Time (1988)
Littlefoot, a young plant-eating dinosaur, is orphaned after his mother dies while protecting him from a vicious carnivore. With her last breath, she tells him how to get to the legendary Great Valley, where he will be reunited with others of his kind. With his friend Cera, Littlefoot sets out for the fabled land, meeting a variety of new friends along the way—while also being tracked by the killer dinosaur that mortally wounded his mother.
Buy it: The Land Before Time on Amazon
We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story (1993)
Four fun-loving dinosaurs take a trip to New York City, courtesy of Capt. Neweyes. The time-traveling alien is intent on bringing some joy to the lives of the children of the Big Apple. After eating a potion to boost their smarts and cuddliness, Tyrannosaurus Rex, Triceratops Woog, Pterodactyl Elsa, and Hadrosaur Dweeb hit the town! But trouble soon arrives when Neweyes’ evil brother hatches a devious plot.
Buy it: We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story on Amazon
Jurassic Park (1993)
If you’re looking for dinosaur movies for older kids, this classic has a PG-13 rating. In Steven Spielberg’s massive blockbuster, paleontologists Alan Grant and Ellie Sattler and mathematician Ian Malcolm are among a select group chosen to tour an island theme park populated by dinosaurs created from prehistoric DNA. While the park’s mastermind, billionaire John Hammond, assures everyone that the facility is safe, they find out otherwise when various ferocious predators break free and go on the hunt.
Buy it: Jurassic Park on Amazon
The Amazing World of Dinosaurs (1999)
In this six-part educational series, teenage hosts Anna and Tyler take kids on a prehistoric journey as they learn everything they ever wanted to know about dinosaurs, by far the most diverse and amazing animals that ever walked the earth.
Buy it: The Amazing World of Dinosaurs on Amazon
The story of an iguanodon named Aladar who is raised by a conspiracy of lemurs (that’s what a pack of lemurs is called!) many millennia ago.
Buy it: Dinosaur on Amazon
After a plane crash, two brothers find themselves shipwrecked on a mysterious island where humans and dinosaurs live together in harmony. On Dinotopia, they discover a utopian society governed by peace and cooperation, learning its ways while trying to find their place in this extraordinary world.
Buy it: Dinotopia on Amazon
Danny and the Dinosaur (2005)
Based on the beloved children’s book that has enchanted young readers since its publication in 1958. When young Danny visits the museum, he meets a dinosaur that surprisingly comes to life. Together they journey out of the museum and into the city for a day of adventure. Included in this video collection from Scholastic are two more beastly tales: The Island of the Skog and The Beast of Monsieur Racine, plus two bonus tracks.
Buy it: Danny and the Dinosaur on Amazon
Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008)
In this 2008 remake of the original, a team of young scientists embarks on a daring expedition into a volcanic realm nearly 4,000 miles beneath the Earth’s surface. Along the way, they face challenges, including dangerous creatures and environmental hazards, while racing against time to find a way back to the surface. Their adventure leads them to astonishing discoveries and a deeper understanding of the Earth’s mysteries, culminating in a thrilling quest to escape the underground world.
Buy it: Journey to the Center of the Earth on Amazon
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009)
Our favorite prehistoric trio, Manny the mammoth, Sid the sloth and Diego the sabertooth tiger are back! The trouble begins when Sid finds three dinosaur eggs and decides to raise them as his own. When the eggs hatch, the real mother dinosaur, a fierce T. rex, comes to claim her babies, taking Sid along with her. Determined to rescue their friend, the group ventures into a mysterious underground world filled with dinosaurs.
Buy it: Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs on Amazon
Bizarre Dinosaurs (2009)
While dinosaurs may have been some of the mightiest creatures ever to have walked the Earth, they also could have been among the most bizarre. With extreme, exaggerated body parts, some predators were loaded with outlandish or disproportionately sized appendages. Join world-renowned paleontologists and travel the globe to unearth some of the lesser-known but most surprising members of the dinosaur family.
Buy it: Bizarre Dinosaurs on Amazon
How To Train Your Dragon (2010)
In the Viking village of Berk, a young man named Hiccup befriends a Night Fury dragon named Toothless. Averse to his culture’s hunting tradition, Hiccup learns that understanding and empathy are key to bonding with dragons. He challenges his village’s tradition by proving that humans and dragons can coexist peacefully. In the end Hiccup, with the help of Toothless, helps the villagers unite against a common enemy and becomes a hero.
Buy it: How To Train Your Dragon on Amazon
Scooby-Doo! Legend of the Phantosaur (2011)
When Scooby and the gang encounter a ghostly creature called the Phantosaur, it leads them to a mystery involving a paleontological dig, a missing professor, and a series of ghostly sightings. While solving the case, they face spooky encounters, use their detective skills, and uncover a surprising twist involving hypnotism and hidden treasures, all while trying to unmask the Phantosaur’s true identity.
Buy it: Scooby-Doo! Legend of the Phantosaur on Amazon
Planet Dinosaur (2011)
If you’re looking for dinosaur movies for kids with more facts and less fictional drama, this documentary series takes viewers on a captivating journey through the Mesozoic Era, exploring the diverse and fascinating world of dinosaurs. Using cutting-edge CGI animation and scientific research, each episode focuses on different dinosaur species, revealing their behaviors, habitats, and evolutionary adaptations. Narrated by legendary actor John Hurt. Graphic content may not be suitable for young viewers.
Buy it: Planet Dinosaur on Amazon
Walking With Dinosaurs (2013)
A prehistoric coming-of-age tale, Patchi, a young Pachyrhinosaurus, faces various dangers, natural disasters, and encounters with other dinosaur species as he struggles to become the leader of his herd. Featuring stunning visual effects and a blend of animation and live action, the film immerses audiences in the ancient world of dinosaurs.
Buy it: Walking With Dinosaurs on Amazon
The Dino King (2013)
Separated from his family at a young age due to the dangers of the wilderness, Speckles, a young Tarbosaurus, grows up determined to find his place in the harsh environment filled with rival dinosaurs and natural disasters. Along the way, he experiences friendship, love, and rivalry, all while navigating the complexities of survival.
Buy it: Dino King on Amazon
Dinosaur 13 (2014)
This enthralling documentary, best for older kids, chronicles the 1990 discovery and legal battle surrounding the excavation of the most complete T. rex skeleton ever found. In a complex legal dispute, paleontologists from the Black Hills Institute in South Dakota battle the U.S. government over ownership rights to the dinosaur fossil.
Buy it: Dinosaur 13 on Amazon
Dinosaur Island (2014)
When Lucas is separated from his family after crashing on a mysterious island inhabited by dinosaurs, he must find a way to survive and reunite with his loved ones. Along the way, he befriends a T. rex named Tyro and others and learns valuable lessons about courage, friendship, and the wonders of the natural world.
Buy it: Dinosaur Island on Amazon
Amazing Dinosaurs (2014)
This educational documentary takes viewers on a captivating journey back in time to discover various dinosaur species that once roamed the Earth. Using scientific research and CGI, viewers learn about the diverse features, behaviors, and evolutionary adaptations that enabled these creatures to survive and thrive.
Buy it: Amazing Dinosaurs on Amazon
T-Rex Ranch Dinosaur Adventure Show (2014-present)
Not technically dinosaur movies for kids, but these shows are worth watching. Imagine moving to a new neighborhood and discovering the next-door neighbor is a Dinosaur Ranch! Follow along with Aaron and LB and all the other rangers at T-Rex Ranch as they look after and learn about all the different dinosaurs in the park. With 54 episodes to choose from, this series is favorite of young dinophiles ages 4 through 8.
Buy it: T-Rex Ranch on Amazon
Toy Story That Time Forgot (2015)
Woody, Buzz, and the gang find themselves among a set of action figures called the Battlesaurs, who believe they are fierce warriors in an ongoing battle but are really controlled by a video game system. The toys get wrapped up in their zany antics as they set out to help them discover their true nature.
Buy it: Toy Story That Time Forgot on Amazon
The Good Dinosaur (2015)
Arlo, a young Apatosaurus, becomes separated from his family after a tragic event. Lost and far from home, he befriends a feral boy named Spot, and together they embark on a perilous journey to reunite Arlo and his family. Themes of resilience, acceptance, and true friendship resonate amid a breathtaking prehistoric backdrop.
Buy it: The Good Dinosaur on Amazon
Jurassic World (2015)
Fourth in the Jurassic Park franchise, the story picks up years after the events of the original film have shut down Jurassic Park. Revamped and fully functional, the island has become a successful theme park destination. However, the park’s geneticists are pushing the envelope with the creation of a genetically modified hybrid dinosaur called the Indominus rex. When the dinosaur escapes, Owen Grady, a Velociraptor trainer, and manager Claire Dearing team up to contain the dinosaur and protect the park’s guests. Another PG-13 flick for your older dinophiles.
Buy it: Jurassic World on Amazon
Dino the Dinosaur (2016)
Perfect to spark the curiosity of little ones, Dino is a curious little dinosaur who is always eager to learn new things. He adores playing with toys, cars, and trains, and discovers the world through his games as he learns shapes, colors, numbers, and letters with enthusiasm. At just 3 to 6 minutes long, episodes are just the right size for little learners.
Buy it: Dino the Dinosaur on Amazon
The Land Before Time: Journey of the Brave (2016)
In the final Land Before Time installment, Littlefoot and his loyal friends embark on a daring quest to find Littlefoot’s father, who has gone missing after going to confront a legendary Sharptooth. Determined to reunite with his dad, Littlefoot leads a journey filled with challenges and discoveries.
Watch it: The Land Before Time: Journey of the Brave on Amazon
LEGO Jurassic World: The Indominus Escape (2017)
Made especially for LEGO fans, The Indominus Escape is a play off of the live-action movie Jurassic World. LEGO action figures Owen Grady and Claire Dearing work together to create a special exhibit featuring the newly created hybrid dinosaurs. However, what will happen when the new dinosaurs escape and begin to wreak havoc on the island? Also in the series, check out LEGO Legend of the Isla Nublar and LEGO The Secret Exhibit.
Buy it: LEGO Jurassic World: The Indominus Escape on Amazon
Jurassic School (2017)
When middle schooler Tommy’s cloned science fair project hatches early, he is forced to take care of the resulting baby dinosaur. But before long, he starts to think of the creature not only as a pet, but also as a friend. When the little dinosaur escapes on the day of the fair, Tommy must figure out a way to get it back before greedy grown-ups get to the dinosaur first.
Buy it: Jurassic School on Amazon
My Pet Dinosaur (2018)
MIddle schooler Jake befriends a baby dinosaur that appears out of nowhere and realizes he is a highly intelligent creature with unique abilities. He tries to hide the dinosaur and protect it from harm, but with the creature rapidly evolving every day, Jake finds it increasingly difficult to keep his new pet secret. Jake’s friends and new girl Abbie realize they are not the only ones interested in this strange, mischievous little dinosaur and soon discover that the only thing more mysterious than what it is is who is looking for it.
Buy it: My Pet Dinosaur on Amazon
Pinkfong! Dinosaur Friends (2019)
A lively animated series designed for curious preschoolers, Pinkfong features the adventures of a friendly fox and its colorful dinosaur friends. Together they embark on fun challenges, explore prehistoric worlds, and learn about different dinosaur species.
Buy it: Pinkfong! Dinosaur Friends on Amazon
The Adventures of Jurassic Pet (2019)
Teenager Chris is given a dinosaur egg by the ghost of the owner of an unusual antique shop. When the egg hatches in his room, Chris names him Albert and the two become fast friends. Unfortunately, word gets out and Chris must summon the courage to help Albert escape from the clutches of a mad scientist who wants to use him for experimentation.
Buy it: The Adventures of Jurassic Pet on Amazon
Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)
This is one of those dinosaur movies that most kids have heard about at some point. Japanese cult classic Godzilla (rated PG-13) was introduced to American audiences in 1956 and has reigned as King of the Monsters ever since. Adding to the long list of 38 Japanese films and 5 American films, the latest take centers around ancient Titans, including Godzilla, clashing for dominance, causing global chaos. Humanity must decide whether to ally with or confront these monsters. Amid epic battles, Godzilla emerges as the planet’s protector, facing off against King Ghidorah to restore balance.
Buy it: Godzilla: King of the Monsters on Amazon
Dino Dana (2020)
Young paleontologist Dana embarks on an exciting adventure during a family road trip. While exploring a national park, Dana discovers a time-traveling dinosaur egg that leads her on a quest to save the dinosaurs from extinction. With the help of her friends and older sister, Dana navigates through time, encountering various prehistoric creatures and uncovering secrets about their past. Along the way, she learns valuable lessons about friendship, teamwork, and the importance of preserving the natural world.
Buy it: Dino Dana on Amazon
Jurassic Tale (2022)
This enchanting tale chronicles a team of explorers discovering a hidden valley of dinosaurs. As they navigate this untouched world, they encounter various species of dinosaurs, unveiling their behaviors and mysteries. The film captures the wonder and danger of coexisting with these ancient creatures in their natural habitat.
Buy it: Jurassic Tale on Amazon
Dinosaur Train (2009-2020)
Buddy, a young T. rex, travels through time with his family on the Dinosaur Train, a steam-engine train that can visit different prehistoric eras. As they journey through various periods in Earth’s history, the characters explore different ecosystems, encounter different species of dinosaurs, and learn about science, natural history, and the wonders of the Mesozoic era. Each episode focuses on a specific dinosaur or scientific concept, incorporating fun facts and educational content for young viewers while fostering curiosity about dinosaurs and the world around them.
Watch it: Dinosaur Train on Amazon
I’m a Dinosaur
From apatosaurus to velociraptor, this animated series of short dinosaur movies teaches kids about dinosaurs and the world they inhabited 65 million years ago. Each of the 51 installments tackles a different breed—its quirks, strengths, and weaknesses, physical characteristics, and temperaments—in a fun and engaging way.
Watch it: I’m a Dinosaur on AppleTV+